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CiA story

In the year 1992, eight companies founded the CiA nonprofit organization, in order to provide an independent body to collect and to distribute technical, product and marketing information on Controller Area Network (CAN). The aim of this step was to promote CAN’s image and to provide a path for future developments of the CAN protocol. In the same year the first joint stand for CiA members was organized at the Interkama exhibition in Düsseldorf (Germany).  

The number of CiA member companies increased quickly and staff was needed to be hired. Today about 600 companies worldwide joined the international users’ and manufacturers’ group and the number of staff has grown to 16 employees.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

Aristotle (384-322 B.C.),
Greek philosopher

Join the community!

Established in March 1992, the CiA nonprofit association fosters the image of CAN technology. CiA members jointly develop specifications for different CAN application fields. The CAN community also finances international standardization and organizes events in order to exchange knowledge and experiences. These opportunities for networking belong to the most important benefits of CiA membership.  

CiA also offers other services. These include seminars and conferences, publications, CANopen testing, and last but not least the promotion of CAN technology.

For more information please contact CiA office (secretary(at)can-cia.org).